Looking for great bread in Vancouver
I recently moved from Victoria to Vancouver and I'm looking for a great bakery here. Specifically looking for bread made with natural yeast and cooked in a wood fired oven. Dense, chewy bread that needs nothing on it but maybe a bit of butter.
Victoria has Wild Fire and Fol Epi (two exceptional bakeries) and Comox has Church Street Woodfired Bakery but I can't find anything like these bakeries in Vancouver.
People have suggested Terra Breads but I tried their bread and it's mealy without character.
re: Sam Salmon
Be prepared for sticker shock at Romanian - $10/loaf. A ten dollar loaf of bread better blow me away (it didn't ) but the wood oven is impressive to look at. My favorite bread these days is homemade - checkout the "It's just food" website - try the no-knead bread - sounds right up your alley and it's ridiculously easy.
re: Sam Salmon
2 words for the Romanian bakery;
Not wood fired- but for crusty/chewy breads,
Fieldstone Artisan Breads ( White Rock) have a to-die-for piccolo.
Terra on Granville Island is always great.
Cobs(everywhere) has some nice stuff.
Other than that..try a (new) ceramic kiln shelf, put it on the BBQ & have yourself a 500+ degree oven ( works for me)
Not sure if it will be up to your standards, and it's not wood-fired AFAIK, but I like the bread from Manzano in Metrotown. Worth a shot...better than Terra I think, anyways.
I recommend Swiss Bakery. I love the taste of their organic baguettes. I buy them par-baked and freeze them until I need them, then just defrost them and finish them off in the oven on my baking stone. Tangy, flavourful, aromatic crumb and great crust.
143 E 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC V5T, CA